1 Peter 1
So this week we finished Ether and began Peter.
Last week I did a re cap of the whole chapter but I fear that it could become boring, so instead I’ll break it down to what I gained from each day a shorter summary.
We began with 1 Peter 1 I have not read any Peter at all so all I know of him is that he was an apostle so I thought I’d better google him and find some background on our man Peter. This is what I found.. http://christianity.about.com/od/newtestamentpeople/a/JZ-Peter-The-Apostle.htm
Peter the Apostle’s Strengths:
Peter was a fiercely loyal man. Like the other 11 apostles, he left his occupation to follow Jesus for three years, learning from him about the kingdom of heaven. Once he was filled with the Holy Spirit after Pentecost, Peter was a fearless missionary for Christ.
Peter the Apostle’s Weaknesses:
Life Lessons from Peter the Apostle:
When we forget that God is in control , we overstep our limited authority. God works through us in spite of our human frailties. No offense is too great to be forgiven by God. We can accomplish great things when we put our faith in God instead of ourselves.
Native of Bethsaida, settled in Capernaum.
Referenced in the Bible:
Peter appears in all four Gospels, the book of Acts, and is referred to in Galatians 1:18, 2:7-14. He wrote 1 Peter and 2 Peter.
Fisherman, a leader in the early church, missionary, Epistle writer.
Father – Jonah
Brother – Andrew
Okay.. so now we know who and what he was this is what I learnt…
Wednesday– I chose 1 Peter 1:23 & 24
“For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable seed, through the living and enduring word of God for:
“All people are like Grass,
And all their glory is like flowers of the field.
the grass withers and the flowers fall”
- By Surrendering to Gods will we are reborn and enjoy everlasting life.
- When we seek the Lord and surrender to his word e gives us everlasting life
- Not of Imperishable seed (Everlasting)
- By believing his living and enduring life /word
I chose 1 Peter 2:23-25
“when they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered he made no threats.
Instead he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live in righteousness by his wounds you have been healed. For “you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepard and overseer of your souls”
- Be more Christ like, refuse to retaliate, know God has got this covered.
- Be thankful Christ took our sins to the cross, we are forgiven
- God will lead us we are safe.
- Ignore threats and name calling let God deal with it.
- once we were lost, by surrendering to Christ he becomes our Shepard keeping us safe.
I chose 1 Peter 3:13 & 14
“Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good?
But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed, Do not fear their threats do not be frightened”
- If you choose to do good- you will not be hurt.
- if you are hurt doing the right thing, you will be blessed for doing the right thing, Do not be frightened to do good.
This chapter kind of confirmed a choice I was lead to made, a choice in which I turned and walked away despite the unfair things being said, because I knw no good would come from staying and fighting my point. I know the truth, God knew the truth and that mattered to me.
I chose 1 Peter 4:16-19
“However if you suffer as a Christian do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.For it is time for judgement to begin within Gods household; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God? And if it is hard for the righteous to be saved what will become of the ungodly and the sinner? Ao then those who suffer according to Gods will should commit themselves to their faithful creator and continue to do good.”
- Do not be ashamed to suffer for what you believe.
- if you suffer for being a Christian, praise God more.
- God is the judge and he will be pleased with the righteous ones
I chose 1 Peter 5:5-7
“In the same way, you who are younger submit yourselves to your elders. All of you clothe yourself with humility towards each other, because
“God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble”
Humble yourselves, therefore under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
- Younger people follow the way of the elders when God sees that he will be pleased.
- God prefers the plain people to those who are proud and showy.
- Be content with who you are and do not put on false airs.
- As an elder mentor your youngsters
- God made you in his perfect way, be content do not put on airs
And personally for me “Be content with Wife, Mother Grandmother and stop stressing about being “Just a…”
So that brings us to the end of Peter’s wisdom and as such I felt like I should paint him to go with the painting I did of Esther.. I feel like If I do a painting of each main player I’ll have a nice collection at the end! Peter becomes #1 of my Biblical Blokes Series!